Friday, August 20, 2010

Frugal Friday

Tonight I plan to make my very first batch of Homemade Laundry Detergent.

Here it is:
•3.1 oz bar Ivory soap (Ivory is chosen because it's all natural. You may use a soap of your choice) Fels-Naptha soap is also a good choice of soap to use. Found in the laundy soal department.
•1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
•½ cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
•5 Gallon container
•Pot large enough to hold 5 cups of water
•Long stirring stick/spoon (for 5 gallon container)
Shave the soap into small strips and place in the pot with 5 cups of water. Bring the water just shy of a boil and stir until the soap is completely melted. When the soap is just about melted, pour 3 gallons of hot water into the 5-gallon container and let it sit until the soap in the pot is totally melted. Once all of the soap shavings are melted, pour the mixture into the 5-gallon container and stir.

Once the soap and water are thoroughly stirred, add the ½ cup pf washing soda and stir until dissolved. Once the washing soda is dissolved, pour in the cup of borax and stir again until dissolved.

Optional: Essential Oils for fragrance. If you like fragrant detergent, now is when you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

The cost to wash 110.5 loads with homemade laundry detergent is $1.11.

PS.. I found some of the ingredients at Walmart, but Ace Hardware had them all.
If your Ace hardware doesn't carry these items you can order them and have
them shipped for free to the Ace Hardware near you.
It was about $10 to buy everything and I bet I can get a couple batches from that.


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